Burma may have opened up but there’s a far flung coast that remains untouched, that offers what travelers come to Myanmar to experience – pristine nature and living cultures. Just across from the Thai border, the archipelago, Myanmar’s only marine national park, was only opened to outside travelers in 1997. With only a few of the 800 islands sparsely populated and a couple dozen visitors to the entire area each month, the Mergui Archipelago remains one of the planet’s most unspoilt destinations. As you sail through this magical archipelago you’ll have the opportunity to meet and interact with the Moken people, sea gypsies who have sailed these waters for hundreds of years. You’ll spend time on white beaches lined with palm trees and ringed by dense jungle. Think swimming in azure water amongst colorful reef fish and coral. Now, picture eagles circling above and gibbons and monitor lizards eyeing you from the thickets. The Mergui is a spectacular area that few others have yet to experience and an experience that few others will ever compare to.
DAY 1: YANGON – KAW THAUNG
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kaw Thaung. Upon arrival to Kaw Thaung airport transfer for the jetty to board your sailboat and begin your adventure into the Mergui Archipelago!
After a welcome aboard the yacht, set sail to Barwell Island where you’ll spend the evening on the beach. Go for a swim in the clear, warm water before dinner and drinks. Overnight onboard [BLD]
DAY 2: MERGUI
After a refreshing swim start your passage to Island No 115, an island often frequented by the Moken sea gypsies. In the afternoon you will reach a group of islands called the Mid Group. If time permits, you can go for a dinghy excursion into a nearby mangrove forest on Island No 88. After, you will have dinner in a beautiful, secluded area. Overnight onboard [BLD]
DAY 3: MERGUI
Sail towards the little village on Nyaung Wee Island where you can visit the local sea gypsy settlement. Tack west to Great Swinton Island. Take a jungle walk along the creek and collect seashells on the huge beach. For those interested in Buddhism, you can visit a local monastery. The evening is rounded out with snorkeling and drinks on deck. Watch the bioluminescent plankton as after the sun goes down. Overnight onboard [BLD]
DAY 4: MERGUI
Early morning sail to tiny Ohway island for the best snorkeling and fishing in the region. Observe the colorful life of the reef, full of soft and hard corals and, tropical fish. After lunch you will set sail for Jar Lann Kyun where you will anchor in the large fjord, one of the most spectacular bays in the archipelago. In the mangrove forest you can watch hornbills as dusk. Enjoy dinner on board and relax under the starry sky. Overnight onboard [BLD]
DAY 5: MERGUI
Long, leisurely sail towards Za Det Nge Island with its beautiful bays and beaches. Visit Rhino Island on the way and enjoy the turquoise water and white beaches. Finish up the day with a dinner party on the beach at Za Det Nge Island. Overnight onboard [BLD]
DAY 6: DEPARTURE
After a long brunch you’ll sail back into Kaw Thaung. Transfer to Ranong airport for your international flight home.
THE META IV, MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO
The Meta IV was designed by the naval architect Thomas E. Colvin, who gave the vessel her beautiful shape and robust hull. She is made entirely of Thai teak, one of the best woods for building classic boats. The Meta IV was constructed in 1998 as a private yacht for a Swiss businessman who made his fortune in hotels. In 2010, the Austrian skipper Herbert Mayrhauser found her at a pier in Phuket and immediately fell in love. After two years of intensive restoration work and refitting, Meta IV started her new life as a luxury charter vessel in the fall of 2012.
Meta IV measures 85 feet in length. That's longer than the Santa Maria, the boat that Columbus sailed into history when he discovered the Americas. In fact, with all her space, you could almost forget you were on a yacht. The sheer size and the facilities on board make for a getaway that you won't forget.
The Meta IV has four guest cabins, each fully air conditioned with ensuite bathrooms and electric toilets. Two of the cabins boast queen-size beds, while the other two feature twin beds. Behind the cockpit is the triple stateroom. The entire aft of the boat is shaded and fitted with multiple dining spaces and sunbathing areas.
The boat's centre is dominated by the generous galley and saloon dining area. But chances are that you'll be enjoying most of your meals outside in the sun or in Myanmar's mild evenings.